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Whisper can add to Henderson tally

 Dec 1 2017

Trabolgan (2005), Bobs Worth (2012) and Triolo D’Alene (2013) have landed the current champion trainer the big Grade 3 handicap, which was formerly the Hennessy Gold Cup and Henderson is set to be double-handed on Saturday with Whisper and Vyta Du Roc.

Whisper, is a proven Grade performer and this is a first step back into handicap company since winning the 2014 Coral Cup. His close seconds at Cheltenham and Aintree to the classy albeit quirky Might Bite suggests he’s extremely well in here, he should stay and had a nice prep to put him spot on.

Henderson too is looking forward to Saturday: “It was encouraging to see Clan Des Obeaux, who Whisper beat at Kempton, come out and win at the weekend. I know it was only a two-horse race at Kempton but there wasn’t much in it.

“Whisper has had a good time since Kempton. He schooled on Friday and we will give him another pop before Saturday.

“He has a similar profile to Trabolgan and Bobs Worth. They both won the RSA, whereas Whisper got beaten a nose. To be fair he should have been beaten 24 noses in the RSA, it was only that Might Bite decided to have a detour to the Guinness tent! It was still a great performance, as it was at Aintree when he was second again to Might Bite.

“Whisper is handicapped accordingly and I am not too worried about the hustle and bustle of Saturday’s race for him. He will have a cunning rider on board on Saturday in Davy Russell, who gets on with Whisper really, really well. Davy will already have an idea where he is going to go and what he is going to do on Saturday. Davy lets the horse warm to the race and I think the horse has enough experience.

There’s plenty of young progressive chasers who add plenty of interest to Saturday night’s race with the likes of Harry Fry’s American and the Willie Mullins-trained Total Recall among them, while the 2015 Gold Cup hero Coneygree adds an extra dimesion.

Catch Newbury on Sky Racing on Saturday night.

Richard Wade - Sky Racing

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